Disclaimer: Practitioners should not rely solely on the medical Spanish content of this website to evaluate, diagnose or treat medical conditions. The information on this website is meant only to serve as a tool for health care providers who want to improve their ability to communicate with their Spanish-speaking patients; it does not replace the services of a trained medical interpreter (which may be required by law).
If you work in the medical field, you won't want to miss this video and blog post! I will teach you five key medical Spanish phrases including ones relating to medication!
All sorts of different medical professionals can benefit from this vocabulary. Whether you are a doctor, nurse, EMT, paramedic, dietician, or any of the other numerous roles that medical providers play- this can help. Occasionally an interpreter may not be available to help a medical provider communicate with a Spanish speaking patient. That’s when these phrases will really come in handy!
¿Adónde le duele? = Where does it hurt?
¿Toma algún medicamento? = Do you take any medication? (If the patient response is 'Sí,' then you can ask '¿Cúal?' to clarify which medication(s) they take.)
¿Cúales medicamentos ha tomado hoy? = Which medications have you taken today?
¿Está embarazada? = Are you pregnant?
¿Tiene alguna condición médica? = Do you have any medical condition(s)?
The third and fourth phrases are similar in meaning but have different implications. For example, a patient may normally take a medication, but perhaps had not had their dosage today. In certain scenarios, this is an important difference, such as if it was a seizure preventative. These are all written in the usted form, which is the formal and more respectful way to speak to a stranger in Latin America and Spain.
To learn how to name different parts of the body, check out this awesome list from Study Spanish.
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